dmt52
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DTW McNamara Terminal Construction

Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:33 am

I was at DTW today and noticed some major construction on the north side of the center link of the McNamara terminal (the link between the ticketing area and the terminal). Anyone know what this is going to be?
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RE: DTW McNamara Terminal Construction

Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:35 am

I am not sure, thats where most of the airline clubs are, with BA pulling out completely (they have a club there) it might switch to part of the world club or something.
 
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RE: DTW McNamara Terminal Construction

Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:07 am

It's supposed to be a new inline baggage inspection facility.
 
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RE: DTW McNamara Terminal Construction

Wed Sep 26, 2007 6:47 am

Correct....It is a new in-line baggage screening & inspection facility. Essentially it is expanding the capacity of screening for checked baggage and moving all of the equipment behind the scenes.

In order to accomodate the project, A41 is now closed permanently. This gate was rarely used anyways since it was 1) at the end of the alley 2) required a more complex pushback procedure 3) had a small waiting lounge - which was often just used as a rebooking station. A43 was closed when they first were doing foundation work & raising steel but now the jet bridge has been put back in place and is now reopened.
 
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RE: DTW McNamara Terminal Construction

Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:04 am

Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 3):
A43 was closed when they first were doing foundation work & raising steel but now the jet bridge has been put back in place and is now reopened.

Actually, A43 is also closed - A41/A43 are now the Customer Service/Rebook center. A45 is the lowest gate on the Northeast side and is only used as a spare.

Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 3):
Correct....It is a new in-line baggage screening & inspection facility. Essentially it is expanding the capacity of screening for checked baggage and moving all of the equipment behind the scenes.

That's right - It will help immensely with the screening of baggage, providing relief for the piers.
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RE: DTW McNamara Terminal Construction

Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:21 am

Quoting PSU.DTW.SCE (Reply 3):
Correct....It is a new in-line baggage screening & inspection facility. Essentially it is expanding the capacity of screening for checked baggage and moving all of the equipment behind the scenes.

Where is the screening done now? I do not see any of the large scanners in the ticketing area like I see at other airports. The new construction area is huge and multi-level... is the whole thing going to be the new screening area or are they putting something else in the addition?

I was also wondering where the Detroit Aiport Authority offices will be moving to once the Smith terminal closes next year.
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RE: DTW McNamara Terminal Construction

Wed Sep 26, 2007 10:25 am

I'm pretty sure the jet bridge is now back up on A43. It was down for a while, but I think it is now back. Whether or not they actually use the gate is another matter. A45 is still used on a regular basis. I'll check for sure on Friday when I come back to DTW. A41's jet bridge is currently sitting out in the construction boneyard by the South entrance off of Eureka Rd, and A43's was down there too. Even when they were is use, I don't think I ever had a flight depart/arrive from either of those gates. The terminal is very under utilized as it is right now anyways.

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